What am I entitled to?

Places in Nurseries for 3, 4 and some 2 year olds

In Scotland, all children aged 3 or 4 years old and some 2 year olds are entitled to a part-time, funded nursery place in either a Council nursery, or in a nursery or playgroup which has a partnership contract with the Council.

It is not always possible to guarantee that this place will be in your first choice of nursery.

Places are for up to 16 hours per week (600 hours per year) and are across all of the nurseries in Glasgow. These hours can be offered in a wide variety of patterns to suit the needs of families.

If your child is offered a full day place, you can access a maximum of 8 funded hours per day / 16 funded hours per week throughout the year.

In Glasgow, children become eligible for funding in Glasgow City Council Nurseries and Partner Nurseries as follows:

Places for Children aged 3 and 4 years

Glasgow City Council Nurseries:

from the START of the term in which your childs 3rd birthday falls.

This means that parents resident in Glasgow can access their child’s funded place up to 5 months earlier (depending on child’s birth date) than the national entitlement for 3 year olds across Scotland.


Glasgow City Council Partner Nurseries:

Glasgow City Council resident children: Day after 3rd birthday.

Out with Glasgow City Council resident children: from the START of the term following childs 3rd birthday.  Please refer to attached Inter Authority Cross Boundary Funding Leaflet


Places for Children under 3

There is no entitlement to nursery places for children under 3, other than for those 2 year olds who meet the criteria set out in the Children & Young People’s Act 2014.

Glasgow City Council provides a high number of nursery places for children under 3 but these are popular and a priority criteria is used to allocate the places.

Most private nurseries and some voluntary sector groups also provide places for children under 3. There are currently no funded places available for children under 3 years old in partner nurseries or playgroups.

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